Melania Trump Fires Back At Omarosa's Attack On Her Marriage

United States president Donald Trump's representatives have launched legal action against former adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman, alleging she breached a secrecy agreement.

In a related development, a Trump campaign official said the campaign, which is gearing up for his 2020 re-election run, had filed an arbitration against Manigault Newman for breaching a 2016 confidentiality agreement. She described an October 2016 phone call with former assistant to Eric Trump, Lynne Patton, spokesperson Katrina Pierson, and campaign communications director Jason Miller, during which they discuss how they should deal in case it leaked. "It's sad that a disgruntled former White House employee is trying to profit off these false attacks, and even worse that the media would now give her a platform, after not taking her seriously when she had only positive things to say about the President during her time in the administration". "Good work by General (John) Kelly for quickly firing that dog!", Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to his chief of staff. She alleges tapes exist-and she has heard one-of him using the N-word racial epithet.

"I think he sort of thought of Omarosa as his invention, as in, 'I made you and therefore you owe me forever, '" said Tony Schwartz, co-author with Trump of the 1987 book "The Art of the Deal".

In the recording, which she played on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, Kelly told Manigault Newman the firing was the result of "significant integrity issues" and that she could face damage to her reputation if she did not make it a "friendly departure".

In her book, Unhinged, and the accompanying tour, Manigault Newman has been harshly critical of the president, calling Trump a racist and suggesting that he suffers from dementia.

Trump has also retaliated after Manigault Newman claimed she had heard an audio tape of him using racial slurs while they worked on The Apprentice.

"Nobody's saying that Donald Trump is a Nazi".

"I know she's lying", the former New York City mayor said, "because I was on the campaign more than she was - I was closer to [Trump] than she was".

Appearing on MSNBC on Tuesday, Manigault Newman also declined to say whether she has been called to sit before a grand jury. "She made it up".

Of course, it's still not clear why she would say Trump said the word if it were not real. "There is no excuse for it, and Republicans should not be okay with it", said Republican Senator Jeff Flake, a frequent Trump critic.

With Manigault Newman hopscotching television studios to promote her book, Trump's advisers had hoped he would refrain from engaging her to avoid drawing attention to her allegations and help boost sales.

She continued: "Look, I haven't been in every room".

"You are saying that Donald Trump had a back channel?" I just saw on the news that you're thinking about leaving?

'This was the first time that, in exchange for dropping a lawsuit, Donald Trump brokered a senior position for me instead.

Several commenters said the statement was both sexist and racist, and called for Twitter users to report it for targeted abuse.

  • Gwendolyn Kim